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German Farmers Support Antibiotic Reduction

09 December 2011

GERMANY - The complete absence of antibiotics in animal management would violate the Animal Welfare Act, says the German Farmers Association (DBV).

Meeting with the German Poultry Association (ZDG), it was agreed that livestock farmers are clearly supporting the German Antibiotic Strategy (DART). Over recent years the use of antibiotics on farm has reduced.

The ZDG and DBV agree that there must be significantly more animal production in the future without antibiotics. Only in this way will consumers maintain the high regard they have for the nation's meat producers.

However both parties said that the complete absence of antibiotics would violate the animal welfare act, as farmers would not be able to treat suffering animals.

Finally it was decided that an improved system to monitor the use of antibiotics should be developed through a Quality Assurance Scheme.

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